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San Simeon Hotels - A Guide to the Best San Simeon Hotels

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If you’re visiting San Simeon, California, be sure to take time to visit the historic Hearst Castle. The mansion of William Randolph Hearst, American newspaper magnate, was donated to the state of California in 1957 and can now be toured by anyone who wishes to admire the art and opulence of the castle. The main castle alone is 60,645 square feet and has 38 bedrooms, so one tour won’t be enough to experience the entire castle. You may want to return again on a future trip to see another part of the castle.

Since you can’t stay at the castle itself, you’ll need to find other lodging in San Simeon. There are several San Simeon hotels that offer comfortable or even luxurious accommodations for you and your family. Here are some of the best San Simeon hotels to consider for your stay.

The Cavalier Oceanfront Resort is a Best Western hotel located on California’s scenic Highway 1. This hotel is only three miles from the Hearst Castle, so you won’t have to drive far to get there. You can also visit one of the many nearby vineyards and wineries. You’ll be so spoiled by the hotel’s 900 feet of coastline and outdoor heated pool that you may never want to leave. Other amenities include a day spa, restaurant, free parking, high-speed Internet and a fitness center.

At the FogCatcher Inn, you are within walking distance of Moonstone Beach, where kids and adults alike can collect rocks and other treasures. When you get back, the hotel’s rock experts will inspect the items you’ve collected and tell you what they are. You can also take classes in origami or make use of the board games, coloring books and cards provided by the hotel for a little family fun or to keep the kids entertained in the evenings. The hotel provides a complimentary breakfast and in-room refrigerators to store drinks and snacks.

San Simeon Pines Seaside Resort offers real wood-burning fireplaces in romantic cottages with private beach access. There is also a heated pool and a 9-hole golf course. Besides the Hearst Castle, you can enjoy a tour of the Piedras Blancas lighthouse, visit Nit Wit Ridge or go kayaking on San Simeon Bay.

The Sea Otter Inn is located on Moonstone Beach and offers a family-friendly wildlife package including a stuffed animal, book and trail map to get you started exploring the the local wildlife. The hotel offers a swimming pool and there is a fireplace in every room. Some of the rooms also have ocean views.

The Silver Surf Motel is located three miles south of the Hearst Castle and is just 200 yards from the beach. There is free WiFi Internet in every room and there are rooms available with balconies, fireplaces and ocean views. The motel has an indoor heated pool and spa.

The Morgan at San Simeon is named after Julia Morgan, the architect who designed Hearst Castle. Another nearby attraction you won’t want to miss is the elephant seal rookery at Piedras Blancas, which is just north of the hotel. The Morgan offers spa services including massages, facials, warm stone therapy and reflexology. The hotel offers an outdoor pool and spa as well as a fitness center. There is a complimentary breakfast and free wireless Internet in the lounge and lobby.

The Sea Breeze Inn is within walking distance to the beach and has its own swimming pool. Amenities include a free continental breakfast, free high-speed Internet and cable television. You can enjoy walking along the beach or participate in some of the many ocean sports available, such as ocean kayaking, deep sea fishing, surfing or whale watching.

No matter which of these San Simeon hotels you choose, you will enjoy a relaxing and comfortable room to come back to after a day of sight-seeing and fun. Whether you are out touring the Hearst Castle or collecting seashells on the beach, these San Simeon hotels are all located close enough to allow you get where you are going quickly so you can spend your time enjoying your vacation.

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